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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter - Beer Here

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Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.

(Beer added by: popery on 10-09-2009)
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is roasted chocolate. Flavor is slightly bready, but mostly roasted chocolate. Pricey at $8.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

06-25-2010 22:28:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of wagenvolks


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

500ml bottle into a snifter. Props to busternuggz for the trade!

Healthy foam builds to an inch in height on the pour--toasted cork-colored and creamy in consistency. Sticky at the edges, where it meets with a coffee-black body that shows a bit of tar-like resilience in its viscosity. The aroma is breathtakingly unique: sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin gourd backed by a sweet, grainy rye presence courtesy of the Pumpernickel. Lots of other brewing spices in the mix, too (grains of paradise, perhaps coriander?). Slight wafts of Baker's chocolate and coffee in the background. The complexity and sweetness become slightly overbearing after a while, knocking the aroma a small peg down from 'perfect'.

Rye bread spice and dark chocolate nibs coat the palate with each sip. A bit grainy, with an earthy hop bitterness and fresh Orange peel on the finish. I taste Juniper in here somewhere, too. Again, the sweet-spice combination is unique and very tasty, but eventually wears out my palate. Mouthfeel is thick and chalky at times, but well-carbonated and light on the tongue at others. To say this beer is 'all over the place' wouldn't be too far off, but most of the elements really work well together to make for an enjoyable, original beer experience. Really been impressed with the two offerings I've had from Beer Here, although I shouldn't be too surprised--the ex-Ølfabrikken brewer now makes Beer Here. And both have put out exceptional Baltic Porter's.

06-22-2010 00:49:15 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of GbVDave


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Nogne O pint glass (in honor of where this was brewed!). Thanks to Jayli for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a pretty viscous and inky black. Perched on top is two fingers of incredibly creamy, slowly receding, khaki colored head. A few thick and sticky ropes were left on the glass.

S: Picked up some aromas of dark chocolate, black licorice, caraway rye, dark fruit, mint, cocoa, and pine.

T: Pretty much just as above with more emphasis on the rye, chocolate, and licorice with an assist from some espresso, roasted malt, carmelized sugar, and milk chocolate.

M: Very full and creamy. Sure, there is a little bit of a tingle that plays on the tongue, but what won me over was the big rounded mouthfeel.

D: Whoa! This was my first Beer Here beer and it was so good I want to go right out and pick up a bottle of Dark Hops.

05-29-2010 20:12:44 | More by GbVDave
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours up absolutely black with only the tiniest sliver of burgundy around the edges of the glass when held to a lamp. A slightly assertive pour yields a big, three finger cookie dough coloured head that remains in place for a few minutes before gradually subsiding. Baltic Porter is one of my absolute favourite styles and this one looks terrific.
Nose is bitter chocolate, spent coffee grounds, an assortment of spices, licorice, perhaps, and while there is a bit of breadiness here, I must admit, there really isn't much in the way of pumpernickel. Still smells quite lovely, though.
Taste is a bit sweeter than I had envisioned with most, if not all, of the nuances in the nose translating into the flavour, as well.
A bit more of a pronounced dark breadiness, I suppose, if you use your imagination a bit, but I still cannot really detect any pumpernickel bread. Delicious, nevertheless.
Mouthfeel is heavy and coating; almost chewy. This is a rather thick, solid porter. All things considered, however, this was quite drinkable. One the right night, preferably in the Autumn, I could see drinking two bombers of this. It's fairly heavy, but this is a very well crafted Porter by the Danes and absolutely fantastic. Brilliant!

05-25-2010 17:55:07 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of kk73


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown to almost black, very little to no head and very little to no lacing. Lightly carbonated.

Smells of big time roasted malt and with some chocolate, a little spice but not getting to much pumpernickel.

Taste of roasted malt with a touch of coffee, and getting a little spice maybe some rye with a little licorice.

Mouthful is smooth and creamy a bit chewy, but so damn smooth. Not overly carbonated seems just right for the style and a little dry on the finish. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability I thought was pretty good. Probably a nice sipper due to the big roasty malts and spice. Overall a very good offering and one that I would purchase and drink again.

05-01-2010 07:57:11 | More by kk73
Photo of beertooth


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from the bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

This beer is a deep, rich black with a creamy two fingers of milk chocolate head.

The nose is really rich. I'm picking out coffee, chocolate, rye, pumpernickel, black licorice, and some burnt sugar.

The taste follows the nose. Bitter coffee, spicy rye and pumpernickle breads, licorice, cocoa powder and bitter black chocolate. It finishes a little sticky and dry.

Mouthfeel is full with a low level of carbonation.

A tasty Baltic Porter, but one that should be shared.

04-11-2010 00:50:43 | More by beertooth
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown chocolate with a massive cap that leaves a dancing pattern of squiggles around the glass

Smell: Pumpernickel bread and dark chocolate, along with hints of rye and citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a pumpernickel bread and chocolate character that adds a spicy rye element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spicy flavors persist and, to some extent, push the bread and chocolate to the sidelines in the finish; tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very impressive, though I would not have called it a Baltic Porter; another one of those beers that defies a style but is still very, very good

03-23-2010 01:42:41 | More by brentk56
Photo of albern


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer certainly looks good with a matte brown impenetrable to light cast. It has a nice brown creamy head lots of retention and lacing. The nose is caramel, chocolate, a slight roasted coffee aroma, and some oaken ABV qualities too.

The beer is super creamy and it has all of the characteristics of a fine porter, caramel, roasted grainy malts, chocolate flavors, some mocha. There are lots of charred notes to this beer, some hard to pin down spices, and a slightly biting hop presence. There is a bit of spice in this beer and plenty of smoked woody flavors. There is plenty of ABV present on the tongue, and some sweeter malts underneath. This is a very characteristic and assertive Baltic Porter. I'm not all that crazy about the too-up-front ABV presence and the smoked woody flavors I'm also not a particular fan of. If its a Baltic Porter that you want, than this is one hits the mark on the head. The aftertaste is slight, the mouthfeel is a touch creamy but quite mild overall. This beer is quite chewy and milk shake like thick.

03-21-2010 19:59:23 | More by albern
Photo of tpd975


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Pours dark black with a small head no retention or lace.

S: Lots of roast, with hints of coffee, spice, and burnt coffee.

T: Bold roasted malt and dark coffee, the spice from pumpernickel bread. Light smoke and a hint of bitter green hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth nice carbonation.

D: Good I liked both Beer Here beers I tried tonight.

03-11-2010 16:09:48 | More by tpd975
Photo of Bung


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

16.9 oz. Dark brown/black pour with a sturdy tan head, lacing a bit temporary.
Aroma has dark chocolate, peat, smoked malt.

Taste is much more full than the aroma. A nice roasted malt with heavy molasses. Good chocolate accents throughout. If there are any odd "spices" in here I can't tell. It really does remind me quite a bit of Pumpernickel bread. The rye makes for a very full creamy mouthfeel, just slightly above medium body. Abv is non-existant.
A really well done balanced stout or porter. Worth trying if you can.

02-28-2010 04:01:57 | More by Bung
Photo of coldmeat23


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Black liquid with crimson highlights around the edges. Thick and fluffy, three-finger, head of foam on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is thick and sticky.

Black malts. Light hints of smoke and caramel. Big notes of dark bread. Good hints of pumpernickel rye. Spices, molasses and a light touch of anise. Buried traces of dark coffees and chocolates.

The taste is not quite as complex as the nose is, but it is still very good. A big, deep, richness of dark malts is most prominent. There is a mild roasty bitterness to provide a touch of balance. Notes of molasses and treacle sweetness. Mild spice presence and some light smoke notes.

This is a thick-bodied brew. It's almost chewy. It has a medium level of carbonation, filled with small-to-medium sized bubbles. Very smooth and has a very nice level of creaminess.

This is certainly smooth and enjoyable enough. The 7.50%abv is nicely muted. The bad part is that as much as I enjoy the 'richness' of this beer, it's too rich to drink alot of, on a regular basis.
Very well done, but would remain a 'special occasion' beer for me.

02-25-2010 05:44:15 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of oldhippie247

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours very deep brown with a tan head full of medium-sized bubbles. Lacing covers the glass nicely and lingers all the way down.

Aromas are soft and include a creamy-chocolatey undertone with relatively little roasted character and no noticeable alcohol.

Chocolately elements follow through on the palate, creating a silky smooth, round mouthfeel.

Overall I was very pleased with the Morke. Great aromas, flavors, and (gasp) drinkability.

02-24-2010 23:20:35 | More by oldhippie247
Photo of illidurit


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Dark opaque brown with an insanely creamy head that looks like coffee foam. Epic retention and lacing. Aromas of milk and dark chocolates, rye, fresh dark bread, iced coffee. A touch of smoke and roast. Flavor is deep dark chocolate, medium roastiness and bitterness, faint berry note, light spicy acidic rye note, licorice. Mouthfeel is unparalleled. The beer is very rich and heavy but it just glides over the palate with exactly the right amount of carbonation (low and restrained). Really a joy to drink.

02-02-2010 22:21:59 | More by illidurit
Photo of tigg924


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, black color, opaque

Smell: pumpernickel and roasted dark malt

Taste: pumpernickel, rye, coffee and chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/high carbonation, moderately sweet, full body

Drinkability: An interesting tasting beer that does not taste like any other Baltic porters I have had. This has several layers of flavor and is very complex. Very good for the style, but probably not good enough to justify me getting it again at the highish price.

02-01-2010 16:26:59 | More by tigg924
Photo of nickd717


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. This beer was highly recommended by Nick3, and he wasn't kidding.

Pours black with an awesome huge tan head, leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong and great with pumpernickel, roasted malt, and a little smoke.

Flavor is intense pumpernickel bread, roasted malt, sweet caramel, licorice, and a great smoky finish. Really unique and tasty.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate.

Overall, this is a really bomb ass beer. Bomb ass. Hopefully these guys start sending more of their "Beer Here," because the two I've had so far have been great.

02-01-2010 01:32:51 | More by nickd717
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

a - pours a deep black with a huge khaki colored head, awesome retention and lacing, great looking beer

s - big dark roasted malt aromas, lots of dark chocolate mixed with cappuccino, lighter spice than I expected, hints of booze

t - cappuccino and dark malt, the spice of rye is detectable, hints of caraway as well, can pick up on the pumpernickel aspect more on the taste than on the aroma, especially on the finish, fairly bitter and charred on the finish with considerable boozy notes

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish, nice alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, though better than average for the style, dry and bitter finish, but not overly so, somewhat boozy for the abv, taste is interesting

01-21-2010 05:21:10 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to Sean9689 for picking this one up. Served in my Surly pint glass. The best before section is empty.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy mocha foam. Retention is solid, but there's not much in the way of lacing with only a few fingers extending from a thin solid cap. The body is pitch black, with only the faintest hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Black malts, dark roast coffee, pumpernickel bread, anise, a touch of dark chocolate, some smokiness and spicy rye, and maybe a bit of nuttiness. It sweetens as it warms, with a touch of caramel. Very rich and well-balanced Baltic Porter.

T - The taste is good, but less complex. Roasty coffee bitterness, spicy rye malt, dark pumpernickel, anise and caraway seed, and a touch of dark chocolate. A little more sweetness would help offset the bitter and spicy elements. Aftertaste is unsurprisingly bitter, but not overpowering.

M - A bit of zesty carbonation that is appropriate for the style, but not overly harsh. Chewy and viscous body, with nice creamy smoothness. Minimal warmth.

D - It's no surprise that Christian (formerly of Ølfabrikken) knows how to make a mean porter. If not for the premium import price this would be a regular in my fridge - it's a tasty porter that offers some unique and well-integrated flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden, texture is excellent, and bitterness is well-attenuated. I also dig the 500ml serving size - big enough to share, but small enough to kill by myself.

01-21-2010 01:46:33 | More by MasterSki
Photo of GRG1313


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours dark brown/black with a dark brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is all "black" scents-deep sugared black coffee/espresso; burnt maple syrup; dark carmel; black chocolate with hints of bing cherries; sugared whiskey/cognac and coffee-port.
Great nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick and with nice cream character.

Flavors are just flat out huge black coffee, black dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate syrup with undertones of bing cherries, bourbon and port.

Finish is all black espresso, bold, sugared and rich.

This is one nice porter (although tastes full on stout to me). You feel like your drinking liquid rich flavorful Russian pumpernickel with all the black molasses character that's indicative of such a bread. A real winner if you like big, bold and rich coffee/chocolate brews.

01-20-2010 05:53:59 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Reagan1984


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Batch # is blank on the label.

Big thanks to Draught2012 for proving this in trade. A good friend and great trading partner.

I know this is a Baltic Porter, but wow, this pours a very thick beer.
Huge head rises from within the brew and has great substance. Tan in color with nice retention and structure. Spotty lacing but not as much as I would have guessed.

Aroma is of deep dark roasted malt and of iced coffee. Very strong and very nice. No pumpernickel at this point. Now I wait for the head to recede a bit.

Dark roasted malts dominate. Some charcoal, black licorice and some grainy flavors. Slight mineral flavor and then back to the black licorice. If there are spices, either they are very muted or they manifest themselves with the licorice flavor. I think there is rye used which created a crisp almost dry flavor at the end.

Medium/Bold bodied almost chewy.. Carbonation is very slight.

A slow sipper but nicely drinkable.

01-17-2010 19:46:41 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

"[This offering] emerged from my desire to create a beer that has the same qualities as dark, savory and sweet pumpernickel bread."

--Christian Skovdal Anderson, brewer and owner of Beer Here

Toasted pumpernickel bread... if it was covered with a thick layer of dark chocolate. Thin highlights of scarlet and gold can be seen along the edges of the glass. The massive and magnificent crown of foam looks just like a coffee milkshake and is doing a wonderful job laying down finely stippled sheets of lace.

The nose smells more like spiced chocolate and coffee sauce rather than any sort of bread. It's an outstanding aroma and should become even bolder once the still thick head has had a chance to melt. Note: it does.

Mr. Anderson is the co-founder of Olfabrikken and has since moved on to create his own company. I'm not sure that Beer Here is a bona fide brewery yet, since this offering was brewed and bottled at Nogne. Oh yeah, it's terrific stuff that is at least as good as Dark Hops. Maybe better.

The nature of the Baltic porter beast is that there's much more bittersweet chocolate and black coffee than is present in pumpernickel bread. As can be seen in the quote, Christian wasn't trying to make the beer taste *exactly* like the bread, he just wanted to give it similar qualities.

The use of rye malt and caraway seeds was an inspired touch, as they add a sensational spiciness to go along with sweet and bitter. Thankfully, tartness is kept to a bare minimum, although there is a hint of citrus that might be due to American hops. This is a tremendous creation that is now (at mid-bottle) allowing me to grant the higher of the two considered taste scores. If this stuff was more available and less expensive, I'd buy it by the case.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. It's lush and softly creamy, with just enough size for the ABV. Beautifully buried bubbles do yeoman's work behind the scenes, which is pretty much the case with all world-class beer.

From where I sit, on the strength of this beer and Dark Hops, Beer Here has entered the upper echelon of Scandanavian craft brewing, right alongside Olfabrikken and Nogne. Bottom line: Morke Pumpernickel Porter is the first great beer of 2010.

01-09-2010 14:37:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brownbeer


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

It's called a porter but the label also says stout, go figure.

Pours a rich, black color with a frothy, light brown head.

Spicy bread in the nose with a chocolate and coffee backdrop. A little piney hoppiness and mollasses.

Flavor mimicks the nose with coffee, chocolate, and a rye spiciness.

Very smooth and drinkable while maintaining richness and body. Well done, I've been impressed with their beers so far.

01-07-2010 01:03:27 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Comes out of the bottle (foaming like nobody's business!) a very dark sable, only a whisker above black, with a very thick, fine-bubbled, light beige head. Rich aroma is smoky with an overtone of fresh pumpernickel bread and hints of malt and molasses. Mouth-filling flavor is like liquid pumpernickel with mocha and molasses undertones and just a teeny hint of hops and a whisper of sweetness. Lively, fizzy texture is fairly smooth and leaves a nice tingle.

12-30-2009 02:43:18 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of DefenCorps


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

I was waylaid at the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting by largadeer, nickd717 and Nick3, all of whom gushed about how great this beer was, and so, when I found it at State Line, I could not pass it up. Also, this has one of the most metal labels ever, there's more umlauts on the label than Lemmy can shake his fist at, including the impossible three-umlauts-one-word combination.

Dark brown/black with brown highlights, this highly carbonated beer is capped with a gorgeous and dense dark brown head with excellent retention and minimal lacing.

The nose is quite excellent as well. The combination of dark roasted malts and spicy rye make for a very wholesome, bready beer with a touch of dark chocolate in the back. The rye character is really strong and the spice is quite excellent. Despite the label's claims of hops being harmed in the brew, I can't say they jump out apart from providing a decent backbone. As of other spices, I really don't get too much else apart from a little allspice, maybe?

The palate opens big and roasty with plenty of sweetness as well.Spicy rye, dark chocolate, molasses and roasted barley-like bitterness are all present and well balanced with the rye and molasses characteristic most prominent. There's some licorice too. Mildly minty towards the finish, I'm guessing that's the rye. Again, I can't discern a significant spice component and that restraint makes for an excellent beer. A touch of juicy pine hops appear on the finish before a dark chocolate and rye finish takes over, coating the palate along with a little licorice. Medium bodied with a deceptively soft carbonation (the large hiss when I opened portended the possibility of an overcarbonated beer, but it wasn't so), the palate is spot on for the style. Thoroughly enjoyable, thanks for the recommendation, guys!

12-18-2009 05:18:35 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Diomede


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Purchased a bottle at the Westside New Leaf in Santa Cruz.

Opened as a bit of a gusher, but poured with a nice one finger head. Good color, the head reminded me of a well made coffee drink, mocha or otherwise.

Definitely a coffee aroma going on, but there's also a strong pumpernickel scent coming through. Kind of like toasted rye bread. Nice.

Spicy flavors going on with each sip, definitely more pronounced as it warms. Bread-y, a tad sweet, and a broad coffee flavor swirling around with each sip.

Has a nice coat to it when it hits the tongue. Almost like drinking silk.

Drinkable? Yea. How many? Probably one or two in an evening tops. It tastes a bit stronger than it actually says it is. Overall though, a very solid offering.

12-17-2009 06:28:51 | More by Diomede
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

A - deep mahogany with purple fringes and cream head, no lacing to speak of

S - toasty malts, rye seed, coffee, spice

T - quite bitter coffee, but with residual sweetness. Leaves a round and (overly?) complex impression.

M - medium to full body, oily coating. Feels like a bigger beer the abv and style imply.

D - strength and spice keep it from being super drinkable

12-16-2009 02:24:38 | More by Richardberg
Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
92 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.